"Secret Societies have existed among all peoples, savage and civilized, since the beginning of recorded history... It is beyond question that the secret societies of all ages have exercised a considerable degree of political influence."
Manly P. Hall
(1901-1990) Canadian-born author and mystic
The Secret Destiny of America (1944)
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
We need to have a broad commonality in the body politic based on love and respect for the republic and its Constitution and the founding documents. Secret societies are okay until they do something sinister or illegal. To be secretive and to be private are a little bit of the same thing, and privacy is also an important right. The quotes today are fodder for the conspiracy theorists. Most secret societies like the Masons are open to anyone wanting to join. Once you join you know the secret. They only claim to be secret to intice membership.
 -- Waffler, Smith     
     -- RBESRQ      
    I do not think you can just dismiss something with the words 'conspiracy theory.' To not believe in 'conspiracy' is to not believe in groups of people getting together making plans for themselves that others do not know about. I guess Waffler knows everything -- even Freemasonry -- are you a Freemason, Waffler? I doubt it, which means, yet again, he speaks out of his a$$ without a moment of reflection. I suppose the Bavarian Illumanti is a 'theory' too, huh? The Knights Templar (for at least 1000 years), the Jesuits, and dozens of other famous and historical 'societies' that have pulled the strings for a LONG time -- all theories? Do you know what the CIA does? Probably not -- but every few decades we learn from those within the organization what has been done by them. The Federal Reserve was secretly planned and is to this day secretly operated -- no one knows their books. Americans are waking up and learning the history they were not taught in school. I suppose we are not to 'theorize' at all and just believe whatever we are told. Wouldn't that work out well for those planning the next 9-11, political assassination, government take-over, trillion-dollar theft, rigged election, rewrite of history, etc.. Yes, 'conspiracy theory' is a quick programmed response to comfort those that if they were to test the theory might find themselves overwhelmed with an 'inconvenient truth' and remove the phony props that have been holding up their delusion. Hopefully there are a few secret societies like the old 'Sons of Liberty' that were able to pull off a revolution and for a time free themselves from the yoke of tyranny.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    It's no theory...not any more.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    I am sure that your neighbors talking over the fence out of hearing is a secret meeting to you Archer and I am sure you would think they are conspiring. In the Holiday song the words are "later on we'll conspire, as we sit by the fire". I am sure rcher always hears this song and cringes about the conspiracy thing. I mean get a life. It is true that folk have agenda's or mind sets that we may not know about. Our country was much more egalitarian or middle class in the '40's and '50's today that are more rich and money at the top and it is headed to get more that way. A creeping aristocracy can be seen gaining sway over the next few decades. The opposite fear is of socialism. Both of these agenda's creep up on us and life in these United States becomes changed without us hardly knowing it. But just because we don't know it or constanly study these trends and things does not mean it is a conspiracy. The Sons of Liberty were a secret society only to the British, not of course to true patriots.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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